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Salvage Clock ~ My Junkified Creation

Y’all it’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday! Do you know what that means? My blogger friends and I have sweet DIY inspiration for you. {{happy dance}} You’ll see their projects in a bit. For me, I’m all about this pile of rusty goodness below. It’s been a couple years in the making, but I’m finally sharing my salvage clock  – my junkified creation.

Antique Door Knob Backplates in their Rusty Goodness |

In case you’re not sure what these are, this is a pile of patina perfection found in these antique embossed door knob backplates complete with skeleton key escutcheons. eep! (I dare you to say that five times fast!)

Will ya just look at that gorgeousness?!? The detail floors me. I run my fingers over it wondering how many hands have touched this same surface over the years.

Rusty Patina on these Antique Door Knob Backplates |


It was about 5 years ago I headed to pick up our milk from the farm we have a herd share with. On my route, I spied a home having a garage sale. If you have experience, you know when it’s really a garage sale or a hoarder unloading some loot. This was the latter and here’s why.

The place was filled with #trashure!  Rusty lanterns, curiosities that make your eyes pop, vintage phones, lamps, art, tools galore…you get the idea! The other dead giveaway was that these weren’t garage sale prices either. tsk. I knew this guy knew his stuff, so I had to take my time to find a real bargain.

My loot ended up being a stack of old hand saws that I turned into signs like these…

Antique Hand Saw with Hand-Painted Typography by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #handmade #farmhouse #tools #diy #home #homedecor

I also did a few other designs that had scripture, “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain.” Psalm 127

Though he thought me loony, I talked him into letting me buy one of his rusty milk crates. He kept saying, “but it’s so rusty…are you sure?” He had NO IDEA who he was talking too. hee hee. That crate became this…

Antique Rusty Milk Crate Turned into Portable Storage by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #shopping #handmade #home #farmhouse #homedecor

Notice all of my purchases were RUSTY. yassss… Happy ending for them all so far. All those items have long-since sold from my shop. However, I still had this pile of backplates that needed to become something new. Originally, I almost bought all he had, but decided to settle on these that matched.


Here comes the fun part…putting together the vision I’ve held in my head for oh so long. First order of business was to find some knobs. About a year or so ago I went on eBay and searched for door knob lots that had at least twelve in them. Finally, I found this lot and am stoked to put them to use.

Pile of Mixed Lot of Antique Door Knobs |

Then, after their arrival, this whole loot sat for about a year. haha! I had no intention of taking this long, but life happens and you have to do the have-to’s. Know what I mean?

Now that today is finally here where I can put it all together, I’m more than happy than a kid in the candy store. Next, I dig in my stash of wood and pull out a few boards. The super long one is a piece of tongue and groove siding I found during last year’s city cleanup curb run on the street behind me.

Pile of Reclaimed Wood for Salvage Clock |

However, the other piece is from a workbench that I found the year prior a street over from me. Can you tell I have fun?!? You can be my husband loves when I come home with a truckload too. tee hee!

Broken Down Workbench Left out for City Trash Clean-up | Prodigal Pieces |

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He actually doesn’t mind and knows I put it to good use. Of course, he raids my stash too.

Last, I cut it all to length with my handy-dandy mini circular saw and put it all together with a dry fit.

Ryobi Small 5" Circular Saw |

Rustic Salvage Clock Face made of Reclaimed Wood by Prodigal Pieces |


Since part of it was tongue and groove and part not, I used my pocket hole jig to assemble it. Plus, I also used a thin piece of luan as added reinforcement stapled to the back with my stapler.

After that, I needed to use my Dremel with plunge router attachment to make a spot for the clock works. Can I just say I love this tool and all the attachments it offers? woot!

Dremel with Router Attachment to build Salvage Clock |

Then, I headed to the local hardware store to find bolts that would hold each of the randomly sized door knobs. At long last, my long-awaited salvage clock is done!

Farmhouse Style Wall Clock from Salvaged Parts by Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #diy #home #homedecor

Rustic Farmhouse Handmade Wall Clock for Architectural Salvage by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #handmade #home #farmhouse #homedecor #industrial

Finally, I can see it up and keeping time just fine. My salvage clock sure tells an interesting story, don’t you think? You can see all my other clock creations in these posts too.

Reclaimed Clock Made with Antique Door Knobs by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #handmade #home #industrial #farmhouse #homedecor

Rustic Reclaimed Wall Clock from Salvaged Parts by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #rustic #farmhouse #home #clock #homedecor

Well, I had fun with it and I hope you did too. If you’d like to own this clock, you can find it available in my online shop (SOLD) with all my other finds and creations.

Shop Prodigal Pieces |

Repurposed Junk Wall Clock made by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #clock #farmhouse

Do pin and share my salvage clock junkified creation. I’m sure I’m not the only one with a love for trashure.

Check out this junkified salvage clock created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | Made with antique door knobs and escutcheons on reclaimed wood. Full details at #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #farmhouse

Up next, I have a huge surprise for you! Take a peek HERE.

Mid Century Modern Sewing Desk Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces

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29 replies on “Salvage Clock ~ My Junkified Creation”

Oh my goodness…I LOVE this! Your visions are amazing. I always do a little “squee!” in my head when I see new posts from you. Scrolling down and reading through…it’s like slowly unwrapping a present to savor it 🙂

You just keep amazing me with your ability to think “outside the box”. This clock is just gorgeous Larissa! Well done!!!!

Your posts are always my first read of the day. I love that we share the same love of chippy, rusty beautifulness! Your ideas and projects inspire me.

Oh my word, do I LOVE this clock, Larissa! Seriously, if I lived in the USA I would grab it from your shop (assuming it’s for sale). If that guy could see his backplates now.

Hi Larissa, Wowzers girl, look at the beautiful creation of yours. Each piece of this clock works perfectly with the next. Fantastic work my friend!!!

Hi Larissa! This is just awesome all over. I wish i had your creative brain….and your tools. 🙂 Thank you for all your wonderful makeovers.

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